Exodus: Gods and Kings debuts with 25 million, but below expectations; 2015 Golden Globe nominees announced; Kung Fu Panda 3 moved to March 18 2016 to avoid competition from Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Moses is on the frontlines! I’m Realistic Fish Head. Exodus: Gods and Kings attacked the box office with 25 million. But due to the damage done by a possible boycott of the film, it was below expectations as it focuses solely of biblical proportions. Rupert Murdoch slammed creator Ridley Scott on Twitter commenting on the boycott against the film that was incoherently  uncalled for. Will Exodus manage to continue holding on the front lines this week Gene?




Fox’s Exodus: Gods and Kings debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $24.5 million. While the Ridley Scott directed epic starring Christian Bale did open on the low end of expectations, the film’s opening weekend performance left a bit to be desired given the film’s price tag and its high profile nature. Compared to recent high-profile biblical epics, Exodus: Gods and Kings debuted 44 percent below the $43.72 million start of Noah and 4 percent below the $25.60 million start of the far less expensive Son of God (neither of which had the advantage of higher priced 3D admissions). Given its December release date Exodus: Gods and Kings will likely hold up better going forward than both Noah and Son of God did. However, the film is also unlikely to display strong holding power given its lackluster critical reviews and the upcoming launch of Warner’s highly anticipated The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Wednesday.

Exodus: Gods and Kings opened with $8.78 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.2 million from late night Thursday shows), increased 4 percent on Saturday to take in $9.15 million and is estimated to decline 28 percent on Sunday to gross $6.58 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.79 to 1, which isn’t the most encouraging early sign. Exodus: Gods and Kings received an underwhelming B- rating on CinemaScore.

After leading the box office with relative ease for three consecutive weeks, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 fell to second this week with an estimated $13.2 million. The third installment of Lionsgate’s blockbuster franchise was down a respectable 40 percent from last weekend. In comparison, last year’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 48 percent in its fourth weekend to gross $13.67 million (though it should be noted that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened that weekend). The 24-day take for Mockingjay – Part 1 stands at $277.39 million. While Mockingjay – Part 1 is displaying slightly stronger holding power than Catching Fire, the film is still running 22 percent behind the massive $357.50 million 24-day gross of Catching Fire.

Paramount’s Top Five debuted in fourth place with an estimated $7.21 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock opened towards the lower end of expectations, though it should be reminded that the film’s location count likely muted its potential a bit this weekend. Top Five opened in a modest 979 locations, which gave the film a promising per-location average of $7,365 for the frame. Top Five debuted 27 percent ahead of the $5.67 million start of the Chris Rock led I Think I Love My Wife back in 2007. Top Five will hope to see its strong critical reviews transfer into strong word of mouth going forward. Paramount will be expanding the film into additional locations over the next two weeks.

Top Five grossed an estimated $2.52 million on Friday, jumped 14 percent on Saturday to take in $2.89 million and is estimated to fall 38 percent on Sunday to gross $1.80 million. That gives Top Five an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.86 to 1. The film’s rating on CinemaScore will be released after the film expands into wider release.

Computer animated films Penguins of Madagascar and Big Hero 6 claimed third and fifth place respectively with estimated weekend takes of $7.3 million and $6.15 million. Fox’s Penguins of Madagascar was down 33 percent from last weekend, while Big Hero 6 was down a slim 24 percent. Both films likely got an extra boost this weekend from family audiences who wanted to catch either film before The Battle of the Five Armies, Fox’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Sony’s Annie all enter the marketplace in the next week. Respective total grosses stand at a strong $185.33 million for Big Hero 6 in 38 days and at an underwhelming $58.84 million for Penguins of Madagascar in 19 days.

Turning towards the platform front, Fox Searchlight’s Wild took in an estimated $1.55 million from 116 locations. That gave the critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon a healthy per-location average of $13,362 for the frame. Wild has grossed a promising $2.42 million in 12 days of platform release.

The Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game continued its slow expansion with an estimated $875,136 from 25 locations. The awards season hopeful starring Benedict Cumberbatch generated a strong per-location average of $35,005 for the frame. The 17-day platform total for The Imitation Game stands at $2.00 million.

Elsewhere in platform release, Warner’s Inherent Vice debuted with an estimated $330,000 from 5 locations in New York and Los Angeles. While that gave the Paul Thomas Anderson directed film a very solid per-location average of $66,000 this weekend, it also represented a much slower start out of the gate than the $736,311 5 location launch of 2012’s The Master. Inherent Vice may still have more mainstream appeal as it expands than The Master did, but this weekend’s start wasn’t the most promising initial sign. Anticipation for Inherent Vice has likely been limited somewhat by the film’s mixed critical reviews (especially by Anderson’s lofty standards).


To recap, Fox’s Exodus draws the battle lines 1st, Hunger Games Mocking Jay drops 2nd as they were sneak attacked, Penguins of Madagascar moves in 3rd thanks to a big boost from Big Hero 6 as well as Annie 2014 and Night of the Museum 4, Top Five which debuted last Friday, moves 4th, and Big Hero 6 moves 5th as Baymax receives assistance from Team Skipper to form a team up.


The 2015 awards season will be underway soon after receiving nom’s from next year’s Annie’s This past Wednesday, we got the nominees from next year’s Golden Globes. So far, Birdman’s the clear favorite to win it all since Frozen did it last time. Does the bird have a chance to win some Globes Jim? 




Jim Fish ( via The Wrap)- The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced nominations for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards in all 25 categories. For Best Motion Picture – Drama, film fans can fight over “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything” to take home the trophy.

On the Comedy/Musical end, the statue will come down to “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Into the Woods,” “Pride” and “St. Vincent.”



For the small screen, “Girls,” “Silicon Valley,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Transparent” and “Orange Is the New Black” will duke it out in comedy.

The top TV drama finalists are “House of Cards,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Affair,” “The Good Wife” and “Downton Abbey.”


The press conference, which took place early Thursday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, unveiling the finalists in 25 TV and film categories. Kate Beckinsale, Paula Patton, Peter Krause, Jeremy Piven, Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma, Dick Clark Productions Executive Producer Barry Adelman and 2015 Miss Golden Globe Greer Grammar took part in the ceremony.

The Tina Fey and Amy Poehler-hosted Golden Globe awards telecast will air on NBC on Jan. 11, 2015.


Here is the full list:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Boyhood,” IFC Productions and Detour Filmproduction; IFC Films
“Foxcatcher,” Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Classic
“The Imitation Game,” Black Bear Pictures; The Weinstein Company
“Selma,” Paramount Pictures and Pathé; Paramount Pictures
“The Theory of Everything,” Working Title Films; Focus Features

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”



Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
David Oyelowo, “Selma”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
“Birdman,” Regency Enterprises and M Productions and Le Grisbi Productions; Fox Searchlight Pictures
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” American Empirical Picture; Fox Searchlight Pictures
“Into the Woods,” Disney; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
“Pride,” Pathé Productions Limited, British Broadcasting Corporation, The British Film Institute and Calamity Films; CBS Films Inc.
“St. Vincent,” Chernin Entertainment; The Weinstein Company

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”
Emily Blunt, “Into the Woods”
Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
Julianne Moore, “Maps to the Stars”
Quvenzhane Wallis, “Annie”


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”

Best Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6,” Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
“The Book of Life,” Twentieth Century Fox and Reel FX Animation Studios; Twentieth Century Fox
“The Boxtrolls,” Laika; Focus Features
“How to Train Your Dragon 2,” DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox
“The Lego Movie,” Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / RatPac-Dune Entertainment / Lego System A/S / Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures

Best Foreign Language Film
Force Majeure Turist (Sweden), Coproduction Office; Magnolia Pictures
Gett: The Trial of Viviane (Israel) Amsalem Gett, Arte France Cinéma; Music Box Films
Ida (Poland/Denmark), Phoenix film investments; Music Box Films
Leviathan (Russia) (Левиафан), Non-Stop Production, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation of the Cinema Funds, RuArts Foundation; Sony Pictures Classics
Tangerines Mandariinid (Estonia), Allfilm


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Director – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ava DuVernay, “Selma”
David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”



Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, “Gone Girl”
Antonio Sanchez, “Birdman”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Big Eyes” – “Big Eyes,” Music by: Lana Del Rey, Lyrics by: Lana Del Rey
“Glory” – “Selma,” Music by: John Legend, Common, Lyrics by: John Legend, Common
“Mercy Is” – “Noah,” Music by: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Lyrics by: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye
“Opportunity” – “Annie,” Music by: Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck, Lyrics by: Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck
“Yellow Flicker Beat” – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Music by: Lorde, Lyrics by: Lorde


Best Television Series – Drama
“The Affair,” Showtime, Showtime Presents, Sheleg, Higlewater
“Downton Abbey,” PBS, A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production in association with NBCUniversal
“Game of Thrones,” HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions
“The Good Wife,” CBS, CBS Television Studios with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions
“House of Cards,” Netflix Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Ruth Wilson, “The Affair”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Clive Owen, “The Knick”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
James Spader, “The Blacklist”
Dominic West, “The Affair”


Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
“Girls”, HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Apatow Productions and I Am Jenni Konner Productions
“Jane the Virgin,” The CW, CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television in association with Electus
“Orange Is the New Black,” Netflix, Lionsgate Television for Netflix
“Silicon Valley,” HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment
“Transparent,” Amazon, Amazon Studios Instant Video

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Louis CK, “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Fargo,” FX, FX Productions & MGM Television
“The Missing Stars,” New Pictures, Company Pictures, Two Brothers Pictures, Playground Entertainment, BBC
“The Normal Heart,” HBO Films in association with Plan B Entertainment, Blumhouse and Ryan Murphy Productions
“Olive Kitteridge,” HBO, HBO Miniseries in association with Playtone
“True Detective,” HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Neon Black, Anonymous Content, Parliament of Owls and Passenger

Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Frances O’Connor, “The Missing”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thorton, “Fargo”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”



Back in October 2012, DreamWorks Puss In Boots was in a spooky situation with a Halloween triple threat forcing the tabby to hold off until November. The gamble paid off. Now another DreamWorks favorite is in trouble as the Force tries to hold Kung Fu Panda 3 into its trap. As of last week, DreamWorks was in a tizzy last week after a dragged down week of disappointment. Like Puss In Boots Johnny, Are Po and the Furious Five expected to remain hidden until 2016?


Johnny Trout (The Hollywood Reporter)- Making further changes to their upcoming slate, DreamWorks Animation and partner 20th Century Fox are pushing back Kung Fu Panda 3 from Dec. 23, 2015, to March 18, 2016.

Fox says it didn’t want the threequel to get caught in the wake of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens in theaters six days earlier, on Dec. 18. The much-anticipated Star Wars, from Lucasfilms and Disney, is sure to appeal heavily to families over the year-end holidays.

“This is part of our constantly reevaluating the competitive landscape, as we do with all of our films,” said Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson.

Yet the switch likely leaves Jeffrey Katzenberg’s company with only one theatrical release in 2015 after Home (March 27). DWA is planning to take animated tentpole B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherwordly Operations off the summer 2015 calendar, according to sources, although that film has yet to be officially moved.

Another DWA film, Boss Baby, was already slotted to open on March 18, 2016. The decision to put Kung Fu Panda 3 there means Boss Baby will be moved as well, although a new release date hasn’t been announced yet.

The shuffling comes as DWA ponders its fate after two unsuccessful attempts to sell. Last week, merger talks fell through with Hasbro, while talks collapsed in September with Japanese giant Softbank.



Let’s see if both moves from DreamWorks can help them get its franchise mojo back.


Checking the Penguins tally, 1,994 fans sign in as Team Skipper gets backup from Baymax, Annie, and the Museum Crew as a shuffling surprise from Team Po enables the team to defend both flanks for their next phase.



1 week remains in the countdown to Christmas as new holiday arrivals continue to bring in more of holiday cheer. Check them out this week! This is Realistic Fish Head saying, make sure you get your holiday shopping done this week!

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